Before you spend one dollar on home improvements, engage a reputable real estate agent who knows what cosmetic changes, maintenance or renovations give you the best return for your money. While you’re going through the vetting process of hiring a real estate agent, do what you can do; de-clutter. Give unneeded furniture, appliances and clothing to family, friends and charities. If they don’t want your stuff, try holding a garage sale or selling it on Craigslist, as rooms stuffed to capacity look small and unappealing. By creating room in your closets and garages, you are selling “spaciousness,” and thus allowing potential buyers to imagine how they would fill the space. Don’t scrimp on paint. A neutral color of paint provides the best bang for the buck and enhances your home’s overall look. You can clean your home yourself, but a better idea is to have a cleaning crew come through your home and do a thorough job. It’s a time saver for you, and the professional cleaners generally do a better job. Additionally, one of the most cost-effective cosmetic items you can do, just short of putting in new flooring, is to hire professional cleaners for carpeting, tile and hard   Read more…